Catcher Duke Farrell’s Record Performance: Game Notes from May 11, 1897

By Brian Marshall

This article was published in the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal.

On May 11, 1897, Washington Senators catcher Duke Farrell set a record for most runners caught stealing in a game. However, reports of the game from the era are conflicting. What really happened in that game? Welcome to nineteenth-century baseball research, where it is not uncommon for the newspapers to have conflicting box score data, and for the box score data to be in conflict with the written article covering the game, or the scoring data included with the box score . . .

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